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Myers brings experience to Lady Eagles

Monday, January 28, 2008  
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By Tiffany Sherman

After two years at Northern Oklahoma College, Haley Myers decided to bring her talents to the basketball court at Oklahoma Christian University, and has made an immediate impact.

Myers, a junior physical education major, joined the Lady Eagles after earning second team all-conference honors at Northern last year.

“I just really liked Oklahoma Christian. Coach Findley’s coaching style and the girls on the team made me know that I would fit right in,” Myers said. “I also love the size of the college. It seems like everyone knows everyone.”

Changing Universities can be intimidating. Myers feared the challenges of finding new friends, taking new classes and being in a new city would be overwhelming.

“I didn’t know anyone and that was probably my biggest concern,” Myers said. “With the help of friends new and old, fitting in has been a breeze.”

For the Lady Eagles, Myers has provided a valuable presence on and off the court.

“Haley is a good kid and fun to be around. There is never a dull moment with her,” sophomore Kailan DeCamp said. “She’s always entertaining us somehow, whether it’s with her amazing dance moves or her comments.”

Myers offers more to the Lady Eagles than entertainment.

“She has contributed leadership and experience to a team without much experience,” head coach Stephanie Findley said. “She brings in a work ethic and knowledge base that are beneficial to the team.”

This opinion is also shared by her team.

“Haley’s a great player,” DeCamp said. “She’s always positive no matter what the situation. She offers the team a lot on both ends of the floor. She has the ability to shut anyone down on defense and can shoot the ball lights-out on offense. Haley brings a more intense competitive side that we sometimes forgot about last year.”

Myers has excelled in the latter part of this season. She netted a career high 26 points on Jan. 11, against Wayland Baptist University. She tied Katie Fariss’ school record for three point percentage in a game, going 5-for-5 from behind the arc.

“It was exciting to shoot well that night,” Myers said. “I didn’t realize I had shot that well or tied a school record until later. It is neat to tie a school record with such a great player and All-American Katie Fariss.”

Myers has not let setting records get to her head and said she was simply doing her best to help the team succeed.

“We were in a tight game so my goal was just to do whatever I could to help my team in the close game,” Myers said. “Everybody was pleased for me and really nice about it.”

Myers has started in 11 of the 14 games she has played in this season. She is the Lady Eagle’s third leading scorer this season with an average of 8.71 points per game. She has hit 49 percent of her shots from behind the three point line and averages 3.5 rebounds per game.

“Our team is in the middle of a tough conference schedule and we are all working hard to improve every week and to do the best we can to represent Oklahoma Christian,” Myers said.

The Lady Eagles will take on the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Okla. Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m.

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